Jan
18
Thu
Sutter National Wildlife Refuge and Roads around Colusa @ Meet at the park and ride at Pleasant Valley Road and Hwy 20
Jan 18 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sutter National Wildlife Refuge and Roads around Colusa
Thursday, January 18, 2018
8:00-?
Leader: Dale Rubach 530-272-3698

rugby7676-birds@yahoo.com

Meet at the park and ride at Pleasant Valley Road and Hwy 20 at 8:00 AM to carpool. For those people down the hill call me to arrange a meeting place. Sutter NWR is just outside Yuba City and is often overlooked by birders but can offer large numbers of geese and waterfowl with easy viewing. We will also visit wetlands around Colusa. Expect to see waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds and songbirds. This trip is birding mostly by car. Bring food, drink, insect repellent, and dress for the weather. Call or e- mail to reserve a spot. Trip will go rain or shine with exceptions for major storms. Call me the night before if weather is questionable. This is an all day trip.

Jan
21
Sun
Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley @ We meet at 8:00AM in the parking lot of the Briar Patch Market on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley
Jan 21 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley

Sunday, January 21,2018
8:00 -10:00 AM
Leader: Dan Stewart 530-265-4677 dcstew@outlook.com Meet in the Briar Patch parking lot at 8:00AM.

This walk is designed for beginners, but more skilled birders are helpful and welcome. We’ll talk about binoculars, how and where to find birds, what to look for when you find one. We meet at 8:00AM in the parking lot of the Briar Patch Market on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. We walk for a little less than two miles and it usually takes about two hours. Fifteen to twenty different species are almost guaranteed, especially with enough sharp eyes and ears. It’s a nice walk up over the hill at Sierra College and back to the Briar Patch. Come on out and help us find and identify some birds.

Jan
27
Sat
Ilano Seco Wildlife Management Area @ Meet for carpooling at Pleasant Valley Rd.\ Rte 20 Park and Ride (Lake Wildwood turn off)
Jan 27 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Ilano Seco Wildlife Management Area

Saturday, January 27, 2018
8:00 AM -12:30 PM
Leader: Jim Groeser 530-432-6596
Meet for carpooling at Pleasant Valley Rd.\ Rte 20 Park and Ride (Lake Wildwood turn off). Mostly viewing from observation platform next to parking area at Ilano Seco. Also optional 1\2 mile trail between huge ponds. Expect the winter swans, geese, ducks and shore birds, etc., plus possible cranes enroute. Site is 12 miles SW of Chico. Back about 12:30 PM. Call to reserve a spot and the night before if weather is questionable.

Feb
1
Thu
February General Meeting NEW LOCATION @ Auburn Library, Placeer County Library, Beecher room, 350 Nevada St , Auburn
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Helen Loffland works as biologist for the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) overseeing their Sierra meadows restoration and monitoring program. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology from U.C. Davis, and a Master of Science degree in Biology from C.S.U. Sacramento. She spent the last 20 years studying Willow Flycatchers in meadows of the central Sierra Nevada and developed the survey protocol used for this species throughout much of the state of California. Through her work on the Willow Flycatcher demography study (1997-2010) she explored factors relating to survival, reproduction and dispersal for this declining species. With IBP, Helen expanded her work to assess response of meadow dependent bird species to meadow restoration projects through ongoing monitoring of all species in general and Willow Flycatcher specifically. Recent efforts with Willow Flycatchers include compiling multi-agency records to create a unified Willow Flycatcher status report and identify dispersal buffers where management activities and restoration are most likely to benefit flycatchers. Similarly Helen, and others at IBP, recently completed an experimental study examining whether Willow Flycatchers could be attracted to re-colonize restored habitat if we broadcast their song during spring migration. In addition, Helen has also worked on projects to expand and improve knowledge of Great Gray Owl habitat in California and most recently to explore bumble bee use and floral preferences in post-fire landscapes.

7:00 pm February 1st
Placer County Library, Beecher room, 350 Nevada St , Auburn

 

 

Feb
3
Sat
Bird Walk for Beginners – Traylor Ranch, Penryn @ Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot off Humphrey Rd. at the south- east corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve
Feb 3 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bird Walk for Beginners – Traylor Ranch, Penryn Saturday February 3, 2018
8:00-10:00AM
Leader: Bill Covington 916-645-0727

Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot off Humphrey Rd. at the south- east corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary in Penryn. Note: the address for the Reserve is 5050 English Colony Road in Penryn.

This trip is intended for beginners, but experienced birders are welcome and add to the experience for all. Traylor Ranch affords an opportunity to see the resident species of the lower foothills and valley floor, usually twenty or more different species. We’ll spend about two hours and walk a little more than a mile. Come on out, bring your binoculars and help us find some birds. The more eyes and ears, the more birds we’ll see. Here’s the Placer Co. web site for Traylor Ranch http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/facility/parks/parks-content/ parks/traylor-ranch-nature-reserve

Feb
7
Wed
Marysville for Tundra Swans & Snow Geese @ Meet at 9:30 am in the McDonalds parking lot located at 316 E Street in Marysville.
Feb 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Marysville for Tundra Swans & Snow Geese Wednesday, February 7, 2018
9:30AM- 11:30AM
Leader: Heath Wakelee 916-870-5253 hwakelee@gmail.com Meet at 9:30 am in the McDonalds parking lot located at 316 E Street in Marysville. We will drive the golden triangle looking for and seeing many Tundra Swans and other great species of birds that winter in the Sacramento Valley. Many geese, ducks and some shorebirds should add to the enjoyment. No need to walk on this trip so it is perfect for anyone with mobility issues. Call Heath the night before if weather is questionable.

Feb
10
Sat
Bridgeport at South Yuba State Park @ Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just across the highway bridge) on Pleasant Valley Road.
Feb 10 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bridgeport at South Yuba State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018
8:00 AM
Leaders: Bob Slyker (530) 205-9011 bgsly@aol.com; Carol & Bruce Malnor (530) 432-2724 cmalnor@comcast.net; and Ted Beedy
Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just across the highway bridge) on Pleasant Valley Road. This trip involves easy walking on an open trail and along the river. We may see Oak Titmouse, Bewick’s Wren, Spotted Towhee, Cedar Waxwing, American Dipper, Belted Kingfisher, Hermit Thrush, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, and many other oak woodland/riparian winter species. Wear warm clothing, and please contact Bob or Carol if the weather is questionable.

Feb
18
Sun
Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley @ parking lot of the Briar Patch Market on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley.
Feb 18 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley
Sunday, February 18,2018
8:00 -10:00 AM
Leader: Dan Stewart 530-265-4677 dcstew@outlook.com This walk is designed for beginners, but more skilled birders are helpful and welcome. We’ll talk about binoculars, how and where to find birds, what to look for when you find one. We meet at 8:00AM in the parking lot of the Briar Patch Market on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. We walk for a little less than two miles and it usually takes about two hours. Fifteen to twenty different species are almost guaranteed, especially with enough sharp eyes and ears. It’s a nice walk up over the hill at Sierra College and back to the Briar Patch. Come on out and help us find and identify some birds.